Apera bags review/giveaway

aperabags 1024x512 Apera bags review/giveawayLast weekend we did our annual ski weekend with friends to Wisp Mountain in western Maryland–five years running now. I may have mentioned a few thousand times before that I am not a winter person, and downhill skiing isn’t my thing. But the weekend is always so much fun that I look forward to it each year in spite of myself. This year was a bit of a bummer because my son couldn’t ski due to his injury, but he kept his chin up, which made me proud. I got in some cross-country skiing right on the lake there, which was a really fun experience.

As you know, packing for a ski trip involves a ton of gear–so much stuff for just one little weekend! It was the perfect chance for me to try out my new Apera performance duffel, which the company provided me for free. I’d already been using it for gym going, but wanted to see how it would work for weekend travel.

Things I love about this bag:

  • The size–more than enough space, pockets, places to stash things for a given trip to the gym
  • Anti-microbial lining–excellent for sweaty gear or a wet bathing suit
  • Outside zipper pockets–easy to stash a running shoe into each pocket
  • Great weekender bag–I was able to fit all my ski, workout and everyday clothing into this one bag for the trip, which is saying a lot
  • The color availability–I chose black/blue for my bag because that way I can share it with my kids when they this sized bag, but there are some fun colors from which to choose (hello pink!)

Things didn’t love:

  • I think the one downside to this bag is the size of the opening when unzipped. For the gym, this is ok, but for a weekend trip, I found the opening a bit narrow and hard to get things into/out of the bag.
  • The size of the outside pocket–I was able to slide my MacBook Air into the pocket, but not zip it up. Just a couple inches more in depth and I would have been good to go.

Overall, I think Apera makes a nice, versatile bag, especially for the gym. Coming in at $124 for the performance duffel, it might be a little steep, but I do think it’s a durable bag that will last for years.

Interested in your own Apera bag? The company is offering up its sprint pack, along with a 25 percent gift certificate to a second Apera bag to one reader. With every three sprint packs that Apera sells, by the way, it donates one to Special Olympics. Enter below in Rafflecopter. In addition, by using this link, you can enter to win an Apera yoga tote during the month of February. Two chances at two different bags–not too shabby.

My giveaway ends next Wednesday, Feb. 19. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: Apera Bags gave me the performance duffle for free. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Great review! I really need a new bag to go to the gym! Thanks!
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    will share yer review and their generous give…
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  3. Cute and functional – ME LIKEY
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  4. I just received their backpack last week and LOVE it

  5. I know what you mean about skiing. I have never been as I have been too terrified of getting injuries and it wrecking my running career. But someday I hope to try it!!!

    That looks like a wonderful backpack! I would love to win one! I have to take so much stuff into work for my coaching, running, and MBA program, that i cannot find a bag big enough, this would work great!
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  6. I’ve been reading lots of great reviews about Apera bags, but I especially love their involvement with the Special Olympics! Thanks for sharing your feedback, Amanda!
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  7. That price does sound a bit steep – Patagonia and The North Face both make water resistant, tough as nails duffles for less.
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  8. I’ll take cross country skiing over downhill any day. Sounds like a beautiful place you were at.

    I haven’t heard of Apera, but I do love bags, will have to check it out.
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  9. They make so many great looking bags and the quality looks really good. Would love to have one. I tend to use my bags for travellling and they do wear out!

  10. I don’t need that, but I’m sure my wife could use it. We only going skiing once a year also, during our Christmas vacation in Michigan. My son and I are the people everyone hates because we just go straight down the hill fast.
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  11. I have this bag too…. ;)

  12. Great review of the bag, I have heard a lot about this company lately!
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  13. antibacterial lining? I’m intrigued!
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  14. Very cute bag!!!!
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  15. RAFFLECOPTER!!!! I need to learn how to do a rafflecopter giveaway. They are so much more professional than ascribing a number to all the comments and then using random.org.
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  16. Thanks for the memories of wisp. I grew up in Maryland and we use to ski at liberty, wisp and snowshoe.
    Hope you are staying warm through this latest snowmageddon – we got over 6 inches in NC!
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  17. I have the sling bag and am SO happy with it! Apera makes really nice quality bags…better than my current gym bag, for sure. :)
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